Sankalp: Nashamukt Debhoomi launched by CJ of U’khand
The objective of the scheme is to identify and rehabilitate the people addicted to take intoxicants.
The initiative of Uttarakhand State Legal Service Authority (SLSA) to eradicate drug and alcohol abuse in the state, ‘Sankalp: Nashmukt Devbhoomi’ was launched by Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court (HC), Ramesh Rangnathan on Saturday.
The main motive of the scheme is to first identify and then to rehabilitate the people especially youth of the state who are addicted to take intoxicants.
The programme would be held in every district for the next 20 working days, during which drug suppliers
and addicts will be identified and then sent to jail and drug rehabilitation centers respectively.
Raising questions on the work plan of this scheme, a social activist on the condition of anonymity said, “The biggest problem is that the reinforcement agencies at present do not have strong legal backing for action against the peddlers. The conviction rate in NDPS act itself speaks volumes about the legal lapses in the process. The police department themselves have to go through numerous steps to catch one drug peddler and because of all these barriers, the bigger suppliers never get caught. However, in this scheme if the state judiciary is actually serious about conducting this campaign the right way they first need to convince state government to built at least one government drug rehabilitation centers in each district.”
According to the officials, the next plan action will be divided into two parts.
The task force consisting members of District Legal Service Authority (DLSA) ,police and other concerned department will first apprehend the suppliers and addicts, after that the big suppliers of drugs will be held accountable and sent to jail while the addicts will be sent to drug rehabilitation centers.
It is pertinent to mention here that DLSA of Dehradun has conducted a survey with the help of paralegal volunteers in the district.
The team has found a number of teenagers and younger children starting from the age of five who are indulged in drug related activities.
Sunday, 29 September 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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